N.C. 2A Conference Track and Field

Corinth Holders sweeps championships

cbest@newsobserver.com April 24, 2012 

— Second-year school Corinth Holders swept the Northern Carolina 2A Conference track and field championships Wednesday, riding its strength in the distance events to outscore host Bunn, the runner-up in both meets.

The Pirates, who still don’t have a senior class, got the fourth place finish they needed in the 4x400-meter relay to hold off Bunn for the boys team title, 116 ½ to 115 ½. Bunn won the 4x400 in 3:35.

Warren Mercado won the 1,600 (4:55.77) and 3,200 (11:03) for Corinth Holders. The Pirates also picked up the win in the 4x800 relay.

Bunn’s efforts were strongest in the relays. The Wildcats won the 4x100 (44.28) and the 4x200 (1:29.53) in addition to their 4x400 victory.

C.B. Brodie came through for the Wildcats as well with victories in the 200 (22.02) and the high jump at six feet, eight inches. Ricky Robinson led the way in the boys’ shot put for Bunn (44-9 ½).

Roanoke Rapids, led by boys meet MVP A.J. Alston, finished third in the boys team standings with 101 points. North Johnston was fourth (74), followed by Franklinton (58), Warren County (47) and Northwest Halifax (28).

Alston won both hurdle events (110 in 14.92 and the 300 in 40.91) and long jump at 22-4.

Pole vaulters Kendall Stephens on the girls side and Charlie Gray on the boys side scored key points for the Pirates with their wins.

Stephens’ victory in the girls vault was one of seven Corinth Holders event wins on the girls’ side. The Pirates, at 138, finished 11 points ahead of Bunn.

Freshman distance runner Arden Vessie won a trifecta of individual events for the Pirates. After winning the 800 in 2:06.23 and the 1,600 in 5:46.63, she led the 3,200 from start to finish, clocking in at 12:22.

The Pirates won the 4x800 relay at 11:22.79 and picked up the 4x100 gold medal as well (52.71).

Bunn sprinting standout Marissa Bellamy was the girls meet MVP, winning the 100-meter dash in 12.23 seconds, taking the 200 in 25.44 and the 400 in 59.69. She also ran on the Wildcats’ 4x400 relay team, which finished second behind Franklinton. Franklinton also won the 4x200 relay in 1:50.54.

Freshman Jza-Quashia “Mookie” Chavis of Bunn, who leads the Triangle-area in the shot put this year at 42-5, was the league champion in that event with a throw of 39-3 on Wednesday.

Tanisha Vines, who posted a leap of 35-9, won the triple jump for Bunn. Franklinton took the 4x200 relay title and third in team standings with 113 points.

Northwest Halifax (50), North Johnston (43), Louisburg (37), Warren County (25) and Roanoke Rapids (2), respectively, rounded out the girls team rankings.

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